Farmers from throughout the state gained insight into Hawaii’s newest crop as the annual Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention kicked off Friday at OK Farms in Hilo.
Source: Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hemp-101-farmers-learn-about-growing-industry-during-convention-hilo).
Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:44 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Ivy Ashe.
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According to reporter Ivy Ashe, about 60 people attended the meeting at OK Farms in Hilo to hear speakers from Vermont and Colorado discuss “the ins and outs of growing and processing industrial hemp.”
The industrial hemp industry is slowly expanding on the U.S. mainland and offers a profitable cash crop for local farmers. Federal rules and regulations have been sufficiently relaxed to allow states to create their own growing programs. In July 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill permitting Hawaii farmers to raise industrial hemp for agricultural research purposes.
Industrial hemp can be used for biofuels, insulation, and textiles. Hemp seeds are also a good source of protein for animals and humans.
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